How Do I know if I Need an Attorney for My Car Accident Case?

How Do I know if I Need an Attorney for My Car Accident Case?

 Cases that Necessitate a Car Accident Lawyer

rollover-auto-accident-ohioThere are numerous types of situations that might require the counsel of an auto accident attorney. As mentioned above, the amount of damages you have is a big factor. If your medical bills reach more than a few thousand dollars, or if your treatments are complex and ongoing, you may need an attorney to handle your case.

Other situations in which a car accident attorney might be necessary include:

  • the injuries were exceptionally traumatic or catastrophic;
  • you have to miss a substantial amount of work because of the injury;
  • punitive damages (punishment for gross negligence) might be called for, e.g., a drunk driving accident;
  • commercial truck accidents;
  • when fault and negligence are arguable;
  • more than two parties are involved;
  • dealing with uninsured or underinsured motorists; and
  • hit and run accidents.

 Ways a Lawyer Can Benefit a Car Accident Case

 If you’re dealing with serious injuries after a car accident, your energies should primarily be focused on healing and recuperating. Trying to navigate through the legal system, negotiate with insurance companies, find a way to make ends meet while you’re incapacitated, and making sure you don’t do something that could inadvertently wreck your claim just compounds stress.

 An attorney will be able to: 

  • speak with witnesses;
  • help investigate the accident and collect pertinent evidence;
  • make sure you abide by all your legal responsibilities;
  • consult experts such as economists and accident reconstructionists;
  • calculate a fair settlement amount;
  • prevent you from being misled by insurance adjusters;
  • advise you on how to handle matters if the insurance company acts unscrupulously;
  • explain what not to do so you don’t hurt your claim;
  • negotiate with insurance companies; and
  • work hard to build a strong, sufficient case should it need to go to trial.

 How to Choose a Car Accident Lawyer

If your claim requires an attorney, do your research and select one that best meets your needs. The client-attorney relationship will last for some time, so you’ll want to find a lawyer you feel confident will give your claim the time and effort it deserves.

 There are several things to look for in a good attorney so you’ll want one who: 

  • is attentive and listens to your needs;
  • has experience with car accident cases;
  • has a good educational background and is a member of the Bar;
  • is not overburdened with a heavy caseload;
  • is upfront with his or her track record (and it’s a good one);
  • patiently explains difficult-to-understand legal concepts;
  • has experience settling cases both in and out of court;
  • explains your options in a clear manner, without sugar-coating or overpromising anything;
  • has client testimonies you can peruse; and
  • with whom you have good rapport.

 If you are looking for a car accident attorney in the Cleveland area, call Ryan, LLP. Contact our office today at 877-864-9495 to schedule a free claim evaluation.

Get the Justice You Deserve with our experienced & Free Legal Consultation